The Capability of Nurse Practitioners may be Diminished by the Use of Controlling Protocols

Carryer, Jenny, Gardner, Glenn E., Dunn, S, & Gardner, Anne (2007) The Capability of Nurse Practitioners may be Diminished by the Use of Controlling Protocols. Australian Health Review, 31(1), pp. 108-115.

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Nurse practitioners will become a vital component of the health workforce because of the growing need to manage chronic illness, to deliver effective primary health services, and to manage workforce challenges effectively. In addition, the role of nurse practitioner is an excellent example of increased workforce flexibility and changes to occupational boundaries. This paper draws on an Australasian research project which defined the core role of nurse practitioners, and identified capability as the component of their level of practice that makes their service most useful. We argue that any tendency to write specific protocols to define the limits of nurse practitioner practice will reduce the efficacy of their contribution. The distinction we wish to make in this paper is between guidelines aiming to support practice, and protocols which aim to control practice.

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ID Code: 34065
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: clinical pathways, nursing protocols, decision making
DOI: 10.1071/AH070108
ISSN: 0156-5788
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2010 00:02
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:37

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